A review of Let's Play - a series of four new children's titles from illustrator Hervé Tullet published by Phaidon.
Hervé Tullet was born in 1958 in Normandy. He studied Fine Art, Decorative Arts and worked as an Art Director for ten years. He published his first children’s book in 1994 and has won numerous awards.
Hervé’s latest series of books ‘Let’s Play’ is really a collection of 4 games in book form. Each book encourages interaction from the reader (ages 3+) and they are each available in English and French.
The good morning game
This book encourages interaction by inviting children (and parents) to draw a simple face on their finger and become part of the story.
There are several scenes to take part in including choosing which outfit to wear, eating breakfast and being at school.
It’s a fun little book which gets your child involved with the story and one which they should easily relate to (if they attend, or are preparing for nursery/school).
The Trail Game
The Trail Game features half pages which can be turned independently creating various combinations of images.
The aim is to find matching pages which will let you use your finger to trace a trail through the book.
Hervé’s simple, colourful illustrations work perfectly and will make it fun for children to match the correct artwork whilst moving along the trail.
The game of Tops and Tails
Another half page book but this time featuring a random selection of characters, shapes and letters.
Whilst the Trail Game encourages matching images in order to move along the trail, Tops and Tails is all about having fun and creating combinations that don’t necessarily have to make sense.
The book features fun characters including camels, acrobats and elephants alongside bold letters and shapes.
The simplicity of Hervé’s artwork works really well in this book and I’m sure children will enjoy combinations such as camels standing on houses, men holding mountains etc.
The Game of Lines
The final book in the series features bold geometric lines that can be arranged to form various patterns.
The entire book features only bright yellow and pink throughout. Unlike the other books in the series that feature half pages with horizontal cuts this book features 45 degree cuts which help to emphasise the patterns.
I feel this book will really appeal to younger children (and designers who love bold geometric designs!) with it’s bright colours and patterns.
This is a great selection of books that would sit nicely on any child’s bookcase. There are some brilliantly inventive illustrations within each book and the varied and interesting tasks should keep children hooked.
You can buy these and many other books by Hervé via Phaidon’s website